The Olive Tree, Woodbury, owned by Kerri and Sam Dimitratos, opened in the antique 1789 home formerly known as The Longwood Country Inn, in March of this year. If the names seem familiar to area residents, it is because The Olive Tree was located in Barclay Square in Woodbury from 1980 to 2001, and then in the Heritage Village Country Club for ten years. After a two-year break from the restaurant business, the Dimitratoses were excited to find the 1204 Main Street South space available, and to get back to the business of serving customers old and new.
The Newtown Chamber of Commerce continues its free monthly networking events open to all local business professionals at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro on September 10 from 8 to 9 am. The guest speaker is Jeff Cowden of Yacko and Sons Tree Service, who will present "Simple Steps to Maintain Healthy Trees.”
Area teens and young adults are invited to a free “Hands On Banking: Money Skills You Will Need For Life” presentation by Wells Fargo Bank on Tuesday, September 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, at C.H. Booth Library. The program had originally been scheduled for September 17.
Stephanie Schneiderman, who founded Newtown-based Biscotti Etc. just two years ago, was skeptical when she was asked to serve up her tasty treats at the 2014 Emmy Awards. But after doing a little detective work to determine the offer was legit, she quickly agreed. A recent visit by The Newtown Bee found Ms Schneiderman packing for the weekend adventure and preparing to ship several cases of her homemade biscotti out to Los Angeles. “I thought it was a scam,” she said after receiving an official-looking e-mail inviting her to be among 20 to 25 companies to supply “swag bag” items at a pre-Emmys red carpet event August 23.
Charter Communications customers in Newtown will receive more than 200 high definition (HD) channels, better picture quality, and significantly faster Internet speeds as Charter completes its move to a 100 percent all-digital network throughout 2014. The all-digital upgrade for customers in the Fairfield County area is scheduled for September 9. As part of this upgrade process, customers must take action by acquiring Charter-issued digital set-top boxes for each of their televisions. More than 90 percent of Charter customers in the Fairfield County area have adopted digital devices for at least one television in their home.
Bethel area oenophiles have a new place to meet and mingle. The 227 Wine Bar, owned by Linda and Michael Rizzo, opened to the public Friday, August 8, in a comfortable setting at 227 Greenwood Avenue.
“We’ve had a really good response. People are happy to have something different,” said Ms Rizzo. “We’re not a restaurant and not a bar; we’re somewhere in between,” she said. Returning from a trip to the Napa wine country in California, in 2009, the Rizzos decided to follow their years’ long interest in wine and wine making, and open the kind of sophisticated but casual gathering spot they had seen in California. “There was nothing like it here,” she said.
The Power Network, sponsored by the Monroe and Newtown Chambers of Commerce, will host a workshop featuring Lynn Moore of Moore Marketing on Thursday, July 24, from 8 to 9:15 am, at the Collaborative Work Center. “The Anatomy and Psychology of Facebook for Business Owners” will address key tips and techniques on how business owners can use Facebook to manage privacy and other settings, when to post and where to share and how to boost posts to grow your community.
The Newtown Chamber of Commerce continues to host free monthly networking events open to all local business professionals. The next event will be held at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro on Wednesday, July 9, at 8 am, when guest speaker Scott Anders presents "The Four Disciplines of Execution.” The program will include a workshop that actively improves the ability of guests to discipline their actions. On Thursday, July 10, Chamber members Don and Jane Sharpe, owners of Design Limited LLS, will host a "Cocktails at the Cabin" open house.
A variety of Newtown businesses were among those ranked as top choices in the recent Best of Fairfield County Reader’s Choice Poll conducted by CTNow.com. Gathered Friday, June 6, for a lunch and celebration at Barnwood Grill on Queen Street were several of the winners, which included real estate agents, hair salons, boutiques, restaurants, fitness facilities, and others.